Latest News Releases

Latest news releases from the National Cotton Council

2018

U.S. Cotton Industry Developing U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol, Sustainability Benchmarking and Validation for Sustainability Goals
11/13/2018
At the Cotton Sourcing USA Summit in Scottsdale, Ariz., Cotton Council International President Ted Schneider updated the more than 400 attendees on how the U.S. cotton industry intends to meet its 2025 sustainability goals. Learn more


NCC Supports U.S. Efforts to Enhance Transparency at WTO
11/12/2018
The NCC welcomes the counternotification submitted by the United States regarding domestic support provided to India’s cotton producers. Learn more


USDA November Production Report
11/08/2018
In its November crop report, USDA estimated a 2018-19 U.S. cotton crop of 18.41 million bales. Learn more


NCC Welcomes Continued Access to Dicamba
11/01/2018
The National Cotton Council (NCC) welcomes the decision released yesterday by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that allows cotton producers continued access to Dicamba herbicide. Learn more


Pink Bollworm No Longer Economic Threat
10/19/2018
The National Cotton Council welcomed USDA’s announcement that “U.S. cotton is free—after more than 100 years—of the devastating pink bollworm.” Learn more


USDA October Production Report
10/11/2018
In its October crop report, USDA estimated a 2018-19 U.S. cotton crop of 19.76 million bales. Learn more


Elevating Efficiency Is 2019 Beltwide Cotton Conferences’ Goal
10/03/2018
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – The 2019 Beltwide Cotton Conferences (BWCC), set for January 8-10 at the New Orleans Marriott in New Orleans, La., will provide insight on current research and emerging technology – to help attendees improve production, processing and marketing efficiency. Learn more


NCC Welcomes Updated Trade Agreement with Mexico and Canada
10/01/2018
“The National Cotton Council (NCC) is extremely appreciative of the Trump Administration’s work to update and modernize the North American Free Trade Agreement, and our industry welcomes the conclusion of the negotiations,” said NCC Chairman Ron Craft, a Plains, Texas, ginner. Learn more


USDA September Production Report
09/12/2018
In its September crop report, USDA estimated a 2018-19 U.S. cotton crop of 19.68 million bales. Learn more


NCC: Grateful for Tariff Mitigation Assistance
08/27/2018
The National Cotton Council (NCC) thanks the Trump Administration for its recognition of the impacts of China’s retaliatory tariffs and applauds the Administration’s plan to assist U.S. farmers and ranchers facing trade disruptions from these tariffs. This support comes at a crucial time for the U.S. cotton industry. Learn more


Mid-South Cotton Producers to See Texas Operations
08/10/2018
Eleven cotton producers from the Mid-South will see cotton and other agriculture-related operations in Texas on August 20-23 as part of the 2018 National Cotton Council Producer Information Exchange (P.I.E.). Learn more


USDA August Production Report
08/10/2018
In its August crop report, USDA estimated a 2018-19 U.S. crop of 19.24 million bales. Learn more


Southeast Cotton Producers to See San Joaquin Valley Agriculture
08/03/2018
Eleven cotton producers from the Southeast will observe cotton and other agricultural operations in California’s San Joaquin Valley the week of August 13 as part of the NCC’s 2018 Producer Information Exchange (P.I.E.) Program. Learn more


Southwest, Far West Cotton Producers to See Mid-South Operations
07/27/2018
Southwest, Far West Cotton Producers to See Mid-South Operations Learn more


NCC: Trade Assistance is Appreciated
07/24/2018
The National Cotton Council is thankful for the Trump Administration’s plan to assist U.S. farmers and ranchers facing trade disruptions from retaliation tariffs. Learn more


2018 P.I.E. Program Tour Dates Set
07/12/2018
The National Cotton Council has scheduled tour dates and locations for the 2018 Producer Information Exchange (P.I.E.) Program. Learn more


NCC: Senate’s Farm Legislation Raises Serious Concerns for Cotton
06/29/2018
The NCC will be working to ensure that final farm legislation will address the serious shortcomings of the Senate farm bill, the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018. Learn more


USDA's June 2018 Acreage Report
06/29/2018
In its June acreage report, USDA estimated 2018-19 U.S. cotton plantings at 13.5 million acres, up 7.2% from 2017. Learn more


NCC Applauds House Passage of Farm Legislation
06/21/2018
The NCC strongly supports the farm policy provisions in the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018 (Farm Bill) and believes today’s House passage of the bill is an extremely important and strong step toward providing much needed stability to the U.S. cotton industry. Learn more


Sunbelt Leaders to See Idaho Agriculture
06/14/2018
Farmers from 15 states in the southern half of the nation will see agricultural production and processing operations in Idaho on June 24-29 as part of the National Cotton Council’s Multi-Commodity Education Program (MCEP). Learn more


COTTON LEADS™ PROGRAM WELCOMES WRANGLER’S SOIL HEALTH COMMITMENT
05/23/2018
The Cotton LEADS™ program announced its newest member Wrangler® and applauded the brand’s commitment to promoting soil health practices as a foundation for improving sustainability in the industry. Learn more


NCC: Farm Legislation Passage Much Needed
05/11/2018
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – The National Cotton Council (NCC) is urging the U.S. House of Representatives to approve the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018 without any damaging amendments to farm policy. Learn more


Final 2017 USDA Crop Estimates Released
05/10/2018
In its final estimate of the 2017-18 U.S. cotton crop, USDA placed total production at 20.92 million bales, down from the January estimate of 21.26 million bales. Learn more


Emerging Leaders Program Participants Selected
05/04/2018
Eleven U.S. cotton industry members have been chosen to participate in the NCC's Emerging Leaders Program for 2018-19. Learn more


2018 Cotton Loan Rate Differentials Announced
04/16/2018
USDA’s Farm Service Agency announced on April 16 the 2018 crop loan rate differentials for upland and extra-long staple cotton. Learn more


NCC: Tariffs Would Undermine U.S. Cotton Trade with China
04/04/2018
The NCC is concerned that China’s announcement of significantly higher proposed tariffs on U.S. raw cotton shipped to that country would significantly harm the economic health of the U.S. cotton industry. Learn more


USDA Announces March Prospective Plantings
03/29/2018
USDA’s March Prospective Plantings Report indicates U.S. producers intend to plant 13.5 million acres of cotton in 2018. Learn more


COTTON LEADS™ Program Welcomes JCPENNEY
03/22/2018
The Partnership Reflects Retailer’s Commitment to Responsible and Ethical Sourcing Practices. Learn more


NCC: Senator Cochran Champion of Agriculture
03/05/2018
In response to Senator Thad Cochran’s announcement that he will retire on April 1, the National Cotton Council said he is a highly effective legislator and a true statesman who consistently supported the U.S. cotton industry and all of agriculture during his long career. Learn more


NCC Applauds Secretary Perdue for Ginning Cost Share Program
03/03/2018
The Ginning Cost-Share (CGCS) program sign-up period is March 12, 2018 to May 11, 2018. More information about the program can be obtained by contacting the local FSA office or visiting www.fsa.usda.gov/cgcs. Learn more


NCC: Senate Confirms Key USTR Nominees
03/02/2018
The NCC is pleased with the Senate’s confirmation of key officials in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative. Learn more


NCC Applauds Northey Confirmation to USDA Post
02/27/2018
The NCC conveyed its support of today’s Senate confirmation of Bill Northey to serve as USDA’s Under Secretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Service. Learn more


Cotton Service Award Honors John Maguire
02/15/2018
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – John Maguire, former National Cotton Council senior vice president for Washington Operations, is the recipient of the 2017 Harry S. Baker Distinguished Service Award. Learn more


Cotton Achievement Award Honors Bill Lovelady
02/15/2018
The late William T. “Bill” Lovelady, a long-time West Texas cotton producer and former NCC president who effected a profound, positive influence on the U.S. cotton industry, was honored as the recipient of the 2017 Oscar Johnston Lifetime Achievement Award. Learn more


Ron Craft to Lead the National Cotton Council in 2018
02/15/2018
Ron Craft, a cotton producer and fifth-generation ginner from Plains, Texas, was elected NCC chairman for 2018. Learn more


National Cotton Council 2018 State Unit Officers Named
02/14/2018
NCC state unit officers for 2018 were elected at the industrywide organization’s annual meeting held in Fort Worth, Texas, on February 9-11. Learn more


National Cotton Council Names 2018 Directors
02/14/2018
The NCC directors for 2018 were announced at its annual meeting held in Fort Worth, Texas, on February 9-11. Learn more


2018 Seed Cotton Information Conference Call/Webinar Set
02/13/2018
U.S. cotton industry members are encouraged to participate in a NCC-hosted regional information conference call/webinar on February 26 regarding provisions of the Seed Cotton Program authorized under current farm law. Learn more


Shawn Holladay Elected American Cotton Producers Chair
02/13/2018
Shawn Holladay of Lubbock, Texas, was elected as chairman of the American Cotton Producers of the National Cotton Council for 2018, during the NCC’s annual meeting held in Fort Worth, Texas, on February 9-11. Learn more


Cotton Council International Elects 2018 Officers
02/12/2018
Ted Schneider, a producer from Lake Providence, La., will serve as president of Cotton Council International for 2018. Learn more


Dwayne Alford Is National Ginner Award Recipient
02/12/2018
Dwayne Alford, former manager and vice president of YUCO Gin, and who provided several years of dedicated service to the U.S. cotton industry, is the 2017 Horace Hayden National Cotton Ginner of the Year. Learn more


Improving Global Demand and Increased Stocks in Key Exporting Countries Offer Mixed Signals for Cotton Outlook
02/10/2018
NCC economists point to a few key factors that will shape the U.S. cotton industry’s 2018 economic outlook. Learn more


NCC Survey Suggests U.S. Producers to Plant 13.1 Million Acres of Cotton in 2018
02/10/2018
U.S. cotton producers intend to plant 13.1 million cotton acres this spring, up 3.7 percent from 2017, according to the NCC’s 37th Annual Early Season Planting Intentions Survey. Learn more


NCC: New Cotton Policy Gives Much Needed Boost
02/09/2018
The National Cotton Council greatly appreciates Congress’ passage of a supplemental disaster bill. Learn more


Conaway Addressing 2018 NCC Annual Meeting
02/01/2018
House Agriculture Committee Chairman Mike Conaway (R-TX) is scheduled to provide the keynote address at the 2018 National Cotton Council Annual Meeting's "Program Committees Joint Meeting and Economic Outlook" Learn more


USDA January Production Report
01/12/2018
In its January (2018) crop report, USDA estimated a 2017-18 U.S. crop of 21.26 million bales. Learn more


NCC Lauds Rural Prosperity Task Force Efforts
01/11/2018
The NCC lauds the work of the Interagency Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity that was presented to President Trump the week of January 8. Learn more


Todd Campbell Receives 2017 Cotton Genetics Research Award
01/05/2018
SAN ANTONIO, Texas – Dr. B. Todd Campbell, a research geneticist at the USDA Agricultural Research Service's Coastal Plains Soil, Water, and Plant Research Center in Florence, S.C., is the recipient of the 2017 Cotton Genetics Research Award. Learn more